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TagsNR (712), Britain and Ireland (500), 20th century (post-1950) (444), USA (373), non-fiction (346), 20th century (pre-1950) (323), college (199), 21st century (187), 19th century (135), HS (109) — see all tags

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About meRead in 2011 (in approximate order from best to worst):
Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister
Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
Bossypants by Tina Fey
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman
Sabriel by Garth Nix

About my libraryWhat's on Librarything is what's on my shelves, except for about a dozen duplicate copies that I've left out. I suppose a lot of it's British. There are relatively few female writers (~15% of the total), but I don't know why. Books not originally published in English are also sadly underrepresented (~20%). I've got a goodly number of plays and short stories and volumes of poetry, but my true love is the novel. I'm just now getting into non-fiction: after years of trying to force myself into philosophy, I find that history and science are the only subjects for which I have any patience. I don't keep books if I don't think I'll ever want to read them again, but sometimes I keep books I couldn't finish if I feel like it was just bad timing on my part.

As for tags, "college" means I read it during college, "HS" means I read it in high school, and "pre-HS" means (you guessed it) I read it before high school, although some of the HS and most of the pre-HS books have disappeared over the years. Almost all of the other tags are places/centuries of origin or non-fiction categories.

A roundabout explanation of my rating system: A four-and-a-half star book for me is one that I thought was excellent in every way except that I didn't feel emotionally involved. Thus, a five-star books is excellent and probably made me go all starry-eyed afterward with thoughts about how profound the world is, etc. The meaning of the other stars can probably be extrapolated from that. I rarely ever keep anything rated lower than three stars, unless it has sentimental value or I feel like I need to reread it someday.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2010, Black Books, Blitz Books: the WWII British Home Front, 1938 to 1945, BritWit, Chicagoans, INTPs, Midwest Writers/Readers, Neuroscience, The Diogenes Club, The University of Chicago

Favorite authorsChris Adrian, Beryl Bainbridge, James Baldwin, G. K. Chesterton, Noël Coward, Charles Dickens, Isak Dinesen, T. S. Eliot, Anne Fadiman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Penelope Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, Graham Greene, W. Somerset Maugham, Ian McEwan, A. A. Milne, Lorrie Moore, Mervyn Peake, Per Petterson, Marilynne Robinson, Paul Scott, Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Evelyn Waugh, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, O'Gara and Wilson, Booksellers, Powell's - Hyde Park, Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Real nameErin


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Member sinceApr 9, 2007

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Just stumbled onto your 75 book challenge thread (following a conversation about Henrietta's War). You read some really fascinating books! Now firmly starred...
Simply stopping by to say congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page!

I hope you didn't just curse any chance I had of enjoying Shoplifting from A.A. from Lin. Your argument is going to be going through my head on every page now, and sounds...right.

I loved Bed and liked Eeee Eee Eeeee myself, and was thinking SFAA might be up with Bed b/c I thought E.E.E.'s biggest fault was its length....Ugh, I've really clumsily shared my feelings, but you get what I'm sayin'!
Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
Hi Wunderkind,

I remember that you are a Chris Adrian fan. This week's issue of The New Yorker includes a short story by him, which can be read for free online:

A Tiny Feast

Best wishes,
nope, i'm not a biologist. my background is in economics and international law. will be approaching my subject from the new institutional econ perspective, and so will touch on the international relations aspect.

by the way, i find your list of reads very interesting. got to check it out now and then for book ideas... :-)
hi erin,

thanks for dropping by my thread. my topic is on governance in transboundary water resources and climate change.

Hello wunderkind--

Thanks for stopping by my thread and for the compliment. I think we also met on kidzdoc's thread in the discussion on the Karinthys. :)

Even though I'd never commented on your thread, I've been following it since the beginning, and I enjoy your reviews.


I like your analogy of the books as a 'gold mine', since I indeed consider books to be treasures. You can do as I am doing with the Nonesuch Dickens - just buy one a month, lol.

You could check The Book Depository to see if they might have any of the titles. They are located in the UK, so they might. The Book Depository does not charge for shipping, so you would at least save a little. Their website is here:


When I went to the Imperial War Museum site, I did a search for 'letters' and these are the books that came up:

Don't You Know There's a War On
Speaking for Themselves
The Holocaust - Lost Words
Behind the Lines
The Unknown Soldier
The Children's War
Entertaining Eric (which I know you have already read)
Naked Warriors
Churchill - The War Leader
Out of Harm's Way
Tommy Goes to War

I have no idea if these are the books in the series you were referring to or not, but they might be a place to start.


Your kitty looks like it was a very enjoyable read!

And I am searching for a copy of Drawers & Booths; it seems an amazing book!
And I wish we could edit these comments, I always forget something, make a typo, etc...

Hello back,

I thank you for the compliment (?); as I am now older. LOL! What I meant was that I was cute (like an echidna) when I was younger; I happen to think echidnas are very cute at any age (after they have grown into their skin, of course)! But I see what you mean... They are so small, and unusual, like a lot of our native fauna, and I think they aren't given enough press compared with koalas and such. They vie with the platypus in my popularity stakes! I just saw this great documentary the other day about 'ugly' (read strangely-formed, IMHO) creatures and it had a piece about the star-nosed mole. What a fantastic appendage - I had never seen it before! Amazing you now mention it...

I am curious as to what brought you to check out my echidna in the first place...

Lovely to meet you BTW,

Hi Erin - I put off answering your question about True Stories of the Blitz, because I can't find the book (not uncommon in this house). (Yes, I know I've only had the book for about a week!) I had hoped to locate the book and give you an example of what "internet referenced" means. I can tell you, though, that it is a children's book, probably about 4-6 grade level, and that internet referenced means, I think, that it provides website addresses where kids can find more information about the subject. Because it's a children's book, I wouldn't particularly recommend it to a grown-up; I just keep buying kid-level books hoping my kids might actually read them.
I'm very pleased to know that you have found my library of interest, and that you took the trouble to find some of the books I recommended on the Blitz thread. Every few years I get in the mood to read Blitz/home front related books, so you contacted me at a good time, when I'm in one of those phases. Of the books I recently acquired, I haven't read "Blitz" yet (the one you have), I very highly recommend "Raiders Overhead" (though that one might be difficult to find); and I'd also recommend "The First Day of the Blitz" which is written by an historian but includes many eyewitness accounts and is quite readable.
I've started rereading "Entertaining Eric" - thanks again for reminding me of it!
Hi Erin - I don't know what database I used to enter "Entertaining Eric," or even if I entered it manually. Are you trying to combine the copies listed on Wells' author page? (Which certainly needs doing!) I checked my entry against the book, and all the information, including the ISBN, appears to be correct.
BTW, this is a delightful book, and I'm glad you reminded me of it, as I've been reading British WWII related books lately. I think it's time for me to read Entertaining Eric again.

I also noticed that you've just added Tom Harrisson's Living Through the Blitz, which is also an excellent book.
And, you are reading Epitaph of a Small Winner, which is a favorite of mine from years ago -- it's probably about time to think about rereading that, too.
It was good to hear from you. Please let me know if I can be of any help with combining Entertaining Eric.
Best regards,
I just added your now reading books to my wishlist at Powells! (Except for Epitaph which I have read.) Nice library!
hi Erin! yep, Noel Coward is one of my favorites. Pomp and Circumstance is fantastic - the plot itself is rather silly but the dialogue and the narrator's interior monologue are hilarious. The short stories so far are not what I expected (but I've only read the first one).

Yes, I am at Wash U. I'm a biologist, too, in the Developmental Biology program. Specifically, I work on cell-cell adhesion and cell motility in tissue patterning. In Drosophila. I'm finishing up (finally) and writing and very very stressed and broke. Just as a warning! But you seem to know what you are getting yourself into. :-) Behavioral neuro is really interesting; I took a class on it in college and loved it. Interview season is coming up, right? Or do you already know where you are going? If you're still interviewing, good luck! Remember, all they want is to see that you can think. Also, if they invite you for an interview and spend all that money on plane tickets and wining and dining you, you're probably in. (This'll be completely annoying if you've already done it, so sorry 'bout that but we old grad students cannot be stopped from putting in our advice)

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